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Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
6h 30m bus ride in Universe Luxury
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16:15
Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis
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Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
6h 30m bus ride in Universe Luxury
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Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis
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PNH Phnom Penh Airport
1h flight #K6816 with Cambodia Angkor Air in Economy
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22:10
SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport

From Phnom Penh Virak Buntham to Ho Chi Minh by Buses

Virak Buntham Express
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Phnom Penh Virak Buntham
8h bus ride in Hotel Bus
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09:30
Ho Chi Minh Virakbuntham

From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Ho Chi Minh by Buses

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Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
6h 30m bus ride in Universe Luxury
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14:30
Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis
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Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
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16:15
Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis

From Phnom Penh SinhTourist to Ho Chi Minh by Buses

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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
6h bus ride in Express
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Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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08:30
Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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3
14:30
Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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17:30
Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
6h bus ride in Express
3
17:30
Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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15:30
Phnom Penh SinhTourist
6h bus ride in Express
3
21:30
Ho Chi Minh City Sinh

From Phnom Penh Kumho to Ho Chi Minh by Buses

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Phnom Penh Kumho
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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13:30
Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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14:30
Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
6h bus ride in Standard AC
4.1
21:30
Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4

From Phnom Penh Airport to Ho Chi Minh by Flights

Instant
06:50
PNH Phnom Penh Airport
1h flight #K6812 with Cambodia Angkor Air in Economy
07:50
SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport
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14:15
PNH Phnom Penh Airport
50m flight #K63921 with Cambodia Angkor Air in Economy
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SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport
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PNH Phnom Penh Airport
50m flight #VN921 with Vietnam Airlines in Economy
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SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport
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PNH Phnom Penh Airport
1h flight #K6818 with Cambodia Angkor Air in Economy
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SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport
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PNH Phnom Penh Airport
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SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport
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PNH Phnom Penh Airport
50m flight #VN3850 with Vietnam Airlines in Economy
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SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport
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21:10
PNH Phnom Penh Airport
1h flight #K6816 with Cambodia Angkor Air in Economy
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22:10
SGN Ho Chi Minh Airport

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh Schedule

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 01:30 - 09:30$ 17.60
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K681206:50 - 07:50$ 100.23
Giant Ibis Transport Universe Luxury 08:00 - 14:30$ 18
The SinhTourist Express 08:30 - 14:30$ 15.38
Kumho Samco Standard AC 11:00 - 17:00$ 13.58
Kumho Samco Standard AC 13:00 - 19:00$ 13.58
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K6392114:15 - 15:05$ 217.56
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN92114:25 - 15:15$ 152.86
Kumho Samco Standard AC 14:30 - 20:30$ 13.58
The SinhTourist Express 15:30 - 21:30$ 30.50
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K681816:55 - 17:55$ 122.23
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN385020:37 - 21:27$ 183.15

How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Elegant colonial buildings and brightly coloured Orient temples; incredibly tasty baguettes in French-style bakeries and two-dollar bowls of famous pho sold by street hawkers; hip young crowd in leafy city parks and dull grey concrete of the communist-era derelicts – though officially renamed to Ho Chi Minh over 40 years ago, the city still has that wonderful flavour of old Saigon in the air. Buzzing with colourful markets, bustling with chaotic traffic, glittering with bright neon signs and shining with smiles of friendly locals Saigon never fails to conquer the hearts of its guests.

How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

The Cambodian capital and the largest city in Vietnam are connected by numerous buses and daily flights. Though at first sight flying seems a quicker solution to get to your destination, if you add the time required for getting to/from the airport, you may come very close to what buses offer. Pricewise bus travel is considerably cheaper, and the level of comfort is absolutely acceptable.

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by bus

Giant Ibis Transport has one morning bus daily at 8am and in certain periods the second one at 12.30pm. Buses leave from the company’ bus terminal in Phnom Penh in 106 Street, centrally located close to the riverfront and the night market. Inquire at your accommodation if they are in partnership with Giant Ibis; if yes, the transport company provides free pick-up from your hotel to the bus station. Tickets cost USD18 and include complimentary snack, a bottle of water and free use of Wi-Fi and electrical outlets on board the bus.

The distance between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh is 240 km, but the trip takes about six hours due to immigration formalities on the Cambodian and Vietnamese sides and ferry crossing. During the trip buses make one stop for lunch in the duty free zone right after you pass through Cambodian immigration. Note that lunch is not included into your ticket price but you can order lunch at your expense at Banyan Tree restaurant. The majority of dishes are priced between USD3 and USD4.

At the Vietnamese side you will be required to take your luggage out for scanning and then to proceed through the Vietnamese immigration. After all the border formalities are finished, the bus will finally bring you to your destination.

In Ho Chi Minh, Giant Ibis bus station is located in Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, which is actually a very busy strip where backpacker accommodation options galore. Generally you can easily walk along the street to find the dig which appeals to you most; otherwise take a taxi: taxis are plentiful and very affordable in Ho Chi Minh.

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by air

There are direct flights between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh performed by regular and low-cost airlines. Travel time is about one hour, but it is often impossible to find tickets under USD100 – if only you do not hit a great sale period. Cambodia Angkor, Vietnam Airlines and Qatar Airways all operate direct flights from Phnom Penh to Saigon. If overland travel is not your thing, consider this option, then.

Do you have your Vietnamese visa?

Before buying your bus ticket to Ho Chi Minh, check visa requirements for your passport. Many nationalities can now enter Vietnam without visa if they are going to stay in the country not longer that the period indicated for visa exemption. For many passports this free period is 15 days. If you do need a visa or want to stay in Vietnam longer, obtain your visa to Vietnam through the Vietnamese consulate in Phnom Penh before you go: there is no VOA (visa on arrival) service on the land border between Cambodia and Vietnam, and without valid visa you will be refused transportation. The procedure is quick and straightforward; you receive your passport back with a stamped visa the following day after having submitted the necessary documents. Visa fee is USD40. Many tour agencies are ready to help you with Vietnamese visa if you do not want to go to the consulate yourself.

Getting around

Saigon is large and you are most likely to use some kind of wheels for moving around. While some of the sights lie within a walking distance from Phan Ngu Lao, if you choose to walk there, be ready to inhale a lot of smog, walk along the roads as walkways are non-existent or are occupied by vendors or parked motorbikes, and arm yourself with courage absolutely necessary for crossing the street – as traffic light signals are often ignored and pedestrians are never given way to.

Tip: It is useless to wait at the pedestrian crossing till drivers stop to let you pass. Instead start moving forward very slowly as if cutting the thick flow of vehicles. God knows why, but it is the best strategy in Vietnam. Drivers will calculate your route themselves and go round you. Once set to crossing the street, do not run, do not stop and do not change direction – and you are sure to arrive to the other side of the road safely!

The easiest and most obvious way to move around in Saigon is taxis and motorbike taxis. Both are cheap and ubiquitous. All official taxis have metres – make sure your driver switches their metre on when you get in. The most popular taxi scams are using the night tariff at daytime and choosing a longer route to bring passengers to their destination. Motorbike taxis cost approximately half the price you would pay for the same route if taking an ordinary taxi, but never ever get on without having agreed on the cost of the ride in advance and always ask for a helmet – it is illegal to ride without helmet in Vietnam and if caught, it is going to be you, not the driver, who will be fined for not wearing one.

If you are an experienced rider – we mean very experienced motorbike rider – you can try out renting a scooter. Good news: normally you can drive a scooter under 125cc without driving licence. Bad news: there are myriads of motorbikes cruising Ho Chi Minh streets. Yes, myriads! With a scooter you will have much more freedom but note that thefts of motorbikes are not unheard of – park only in designated areas with parking attendants (parking fee ranges from 2,000 to 20,000 dong which is from USD0.10 to USD1).

If you want to savour real local flavour, take a tricycle, aka cyclo, ride. It is quintessentially Vietnamese experience to be pedalled through heavily trafficked streets with your driver behind you and all the road chaos of cars, bikes and buses rushing right towards your insecure means of transport.

Finally, there are public buses – the cheapest and in most cases the fastest way to move around in Saigon – they are always given way to. The only problem is to figure out which line you need. But as soon as you solve the puzzle, enjoy going local.

Where to stay

The prime backpacker’s choice for budget guesthouses is Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area, conveniently located close to Ben Thanh Market. The cheapest rooms can be found at as low as USD10, but USD20 is more realistic amount for which you can get a room in a family-operated guesthouse with private bathroom and air-conditioning. In recent years more and more mid-range hotels are making their way to Pham Ngu Lao, with prices ranging between USD30-USD40. These are mostly clustered around Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong. If Pham Ngu Lao is too frenetic for you, head to Co Giang Street or Co Bac Street. Both offer quite a decent choice of budget guesthouses but boast a quieter ambiance. The central part of the city is the enclave of luxury hotels and international chains though some great mid-range deals can be found there, too.

Activities

There is soooooo much to do and see in Saigon, that planning your stay may become a real challenge. Do not try to cover all the sights in a couple of days; just pick up a bit of everything to see the many faces of the city.

Walk from District 1 to Cholon to visit some of the best temples in Saigon. These are colourful oasis of tranquillity and peace amidst the sea of loud traffic horns and dust. Do not miss an impressive gilded ship in Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda, watch the incense coils hanging from the ceiling in Thien Hau Pagoda, admire four dragon columns brought from China in Ha Chuong Hoi Quan Pagoda and feel as the time slows its pace in a secret Jade Imperial Pagoda. Walk through the rooms and underground tunnels of President Palace complete with rooftop helipad, find out what the modern Vietnamese art is about at rather small but charming Contemporary Art Museum, and study old maps of Saigon and Vietnam at the gorgeous Central Post Office which occupies a stately colonial building of the former railway station. Indulge in shopping: markets in Saigon are incredibly varied and offer an abundance of great finds – from excellent local coffee to stylish gold jewellery.

Last but not least – set on a culinary tour of Ho Chi Minh which is a foodie’s paradise. From Pho 2000 proud for having fed even President Bill Clinton with their soup to elegant Fanny ice-cream cafe with mind-blowing choice of frozen delights, you will have plenty of gastronomic fun in Saigon.

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh destination reviews

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410 customer reviews
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78% of 410 travelers were happy with this destination
JN
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 16, 2019
Trip went smooth. Drivers were very accommodating and helped us during border crossing. Bread and water included in the trip. Only issue was the trip took 2 hours more than what we anticipated.
SB
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 14, 2019
The staff on bus were absolutely brilliant. Really nice people and great service.
AR
2
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 10, 2019
I booked a ticket for Ho Chi Minh City on 3rd September from Phnom Penh at least 2 weeks before that. The ticket was confirmed and I received an email. I reached 20 minutes prior to the departure time. However, the customer service agent said that I don't have a booking for today as I called Giant Ibis 1 day before and changed my booking. I advised that I haven't done that. They didn't accept it and said that maybe my friend called on my behalf. First of all, I was traveling alone. Secondly, I gave them my email address while booking, and my New Zealand's phone number which was wasn't working when I was in Phnom penh. I told this to them but still they didn't accept it. The customer service agent had to ask her management, and they replied the same. After 15-20 minutes of hassle, they allotted me a seat anyhow. My question is, who called and changed the booking on my behalf. Is it Giant Ibis's fault or 12go Asia's? When I was making this booking, my bank rejected this transaction as they advised me that they have received a lot of fraud cases against the vendor (12go Asia). I requested them to go ahead and approve the transaction and so they did. I believe that it was 12go Asia's fault, but I will never know this. Secondly, I had an Evisa for vietnam. Land port entry to Vietnam through an Evisa is only allowed from Moc Bai Landport if you are traveling from Phnom Penh (source - wikipedia and Vietnam's immigration website). However, Giant Ibis's driver asked for extra $2 to process. This info is not mentioned in giant Ibis's website at all. They have mentioned that extra $5 will be taken from the passenger if they want Visa on Arrival plus the Visa Fee. I told this to the driver but he replied "no no. I do it every day. It is for immigration." And he will do it for me. Otherwise, I will have to do it and I will not get time for lunch. I asked if he is asking this money for himself. He raised his voice and got a little aggressive and replied in broken english which I couldn't understand. I knew that he can speak well but he was trying to confuse me. Luckily I had about $9 with me and I gave him $2 anyways because I didn't want to take any risk. And I am not going to lose anything by $2. I asked him if he is going to give me any receipt for this, but he denied it. After half an hour, he gave our passports back. At the immigration office at the border, he went to the officers and got our Passports stamped. I think this was the only good thing in this journey that happened quickly and without any hassle. I reached Ho chi min at about 3pm. Just an advice : Book ticket from giant ibis's office directly or their website. If you have an evisa, carry some extra money.
DG
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 30, 2019
Muy cómodo, conducen de forma racional, el personal muy amable y educados
PD
3
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 29, 2019
The driving was ok and the beds were fine but the bus is old so you can feel all holes on the road at all times. The staff were not helpful for anything from immigration to arrival time to cleaning the beds during passenger change. One person even almost missed Phnom Penh since she was sleeping and nobody warned her about being in Phnom Penh. So conclusion is not as bad as I have read in other reviews but also not good enough.
NG
2
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 26, 2019
Common bus Water was warm Terrible wifi Should allow more time to eat
CN
5
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Aug 25, 2019
Great service for the borders. Nice, clean, and spacious seat. But one thing, the wifi isn't too good. But overall, it's good experience. Thanks.
NW
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 25, 2019
We enjoyed the comfortable bus. Staff were very efficient especially through customs. Great experience traveling through another country and customs. The meal stop was stressful getting service on time and understanding the choices. Perhaps a copy of the menu on the bus would be helpfull for foreigners.
GA
4
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 24, 2019
The bus left 17 minutes past 8AM. Still acceptable, though the trip still took longer than 6.5 hours including stops and border control. I would suggest that the itinerary be adjusted to a more realistic travel time of 8 hours i.e. 8 to 4PM so that passengers can plan their travels accordingly.
SA
2
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Aug 21, 2019
The old bus with 2 & 1 seats row has no Toilet inside and seats are too close (less gap for footrest) and some recliners were not working properly (need repair). Good staffs that taking care passangers, including when crossing the border with the same bus but we had to carry luggages (requirement by Vietnam Immigration). The bus stopped 2 times that provided enough to time to go toilet and buy some foods/drinks. But, the bus also stopped many times to picked up and dropped off some passengers midway. Not so recommended bus.
AF
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 19, 2019
Smooth border crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam. Very helpful staff on the bus that guided us through. Arrived a bit later than indicated, but was expected due to morning traffic.
PT
4
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 17, 2019
L'équipage du bus était professionnel, toutefois le chauffeur ne devrait pas répondre ou appeler en conduisant ! Le bus était propre mais le wifi ne fonctionnait pas . Cela ne m'a pas dérangé car j'ai accès aux deux réseaux (cambodgien et vietnamien). Le passage à la frontière est un peu confus mais notre accompagnatrice a parfaitement géré l'affaire.
JM
2
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 16, 2019
We decided to book the Giant Ibis as it was marketed as the more comfortable and efficient service. There was definitely more leg space however we had a really scary experience at the border as unfortunately after having got our passports stamped at the Cambodian border, the coach had gone on without us, we walked to the Vietnamese passport control where we couldn't see anyone from our coach. The tour guide had not counted the number of passengers back onto the coach which had driven all the others round to the restroom/duty free building. We suddenly spotted the tour guide at the Vietnames passport control who was surprised to see us. She organised motorbikes to take us back to the restroom/duty free hall however directed them to the wrong place. One of the drivers found out where we needed to go! With hindsight I would have booked the more cramped competition's VIP bus (as we had previously done) which made sure all passengers were on the coach and arrived early rather than Giant Ibis who arrived 2 hours late without an apology for leaving us or being late.!
RM
5
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Aug 15, 2019
It was a good experience riding kumho, they helped us in processing our passports in immigration smoothly. Thank you!
RR
3
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Aug 8, 2019
No wifi and the operator doesn’t speak even a little english. However, the guy in the main office or in the bus station is very friendly and accommodating.
MJ
5
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Aug 4, 2019
They let us take the earlier trip. Placed us in a good seat along the way even though the consequence of the taking the earlier trip was us supposed to be taking the far end row.
SA
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 2, 2019
Cannot fault Giant Ibis bus company. Effortless transition at Cambodian/Vietnam border, Safe buses and drivers will definately use again when in south-asia
LR
2
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 2, 2019
The bus doesn’t seem like a hotel bus as we expect it. It is an old bus with beds on it. Though it doesn’t smell foul. The driver drives fast and didn’t bother to even wake us up at the cambodia border. Good thing one of us woke up and realized that most of the passengers are gone. The bus did not follow the beds we reserved. They are already occupied when we rode the bus which is a disappointment because what’s the point of assigning beds if you’re not going to follow it?
DB
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 23, 2019
The trip was smooth. The border crossing leaving the Cambodia was simple and fast. Entering the Vietnam border took a little more time, we had to unload our luggage and take it through the border as we entered, and then it was loaded back on to the bus. At times the instructions given by the bus host, was too fast to fully understand. We stopped for lunch between the Cambodian and Vietnamese border (about 30 min). Overall, nothing to fret about. Remember, you MUST have your Vietnamese visa prior to boarding the bus.
RS
3
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 22, 2019
The trip was fine but the communication was insufficient. Especially at the border, we were deliberately not told about the border crossing procedure. It seemed like a scam because the operators asked for a few extra dollars to get the passport stamp for us (although you can simply do that by yourself)

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